Julie Smith, Center Director
- Every Day · Every Child · Excellence · Accreditated · Knowledge Universe
We are excited to welcome you to our KinderCare in Janesville, Wisconsin. Our center has been in Janesville for over 29 years. KinderCare staff members are dedicated and professional with abundance of experience due to longevity of employment. We are a center with few staff turnovers as a result; we can build strong relationships with families and children. Our mission is to fulfill your child’s every need with programs that are enriched with learning experiences to develop your child’s social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development. Furthermore, our teachers use play as a learning tool so your child can experience hands on learning, and your child will thrive with our teachers' encouraging, loving, and gently reinforced guidance. Four principles we focus on at KinderCare are active exploration, initiating learning, learning through open-ended experiences, and helping facilitate your child’s learning. KinderCare in Janesville believes that each and every child has the opportunity to develop their own talents and interests along with a joyful experience within their classrooms and our wonderful staff members.
Julie Smith, Center Director
Many of our child care centers are accredited by national organizations that require us to meet rigorous early childhood education standards and guidelines for high-quality care and education. Programs that are accredited have demonstrated their commitment to go beyond the state’s minimum licensing requirements to meet and maintain these high standards of quality.
Babies grow and learn every day. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where babies can explore and make new discoveries. We know that learning through play is extremely valuable at this age and our Early Foundations® Infant program is designed to give babies the skills that will serve as the building blocks for a lifetime of learning.
As toddlers develop friendships, self-esteem, and curiosity, our Early Foundations® Toddler program will help them explore their world in a safe and nurturing environment. Our unique curriculum is based on the philosophy that children learn best through experiences. So each day is filled with fun activities that excite and develop toddlers, giving them the comfort and confidence to speak those first few important words, as well as make their first friends.
At this age, children are making new discoveries daily. And as two-year olds begin to exert their independence, our Early Foundations® Discovery Preschool program is prepared to open their eyes to a world of learning, sharing, and exploring. Our holistic approach in the classroom engages young minds with a blend of music, art, and movement, as well as the early education fundamentals they'll need as they continue on to preschool.
As preschoolers gain more self-esteem, they may feel ready to take on the world. Our Early Foundations® Preschool program enhances that confidence by providing activities to help children become problem solvers and lifelong learners. Through independent exploration, structured activities, and hands-on learning, children will work on early literacy, math, science, and social studies concepts. A healthy dose of running, jumping, and dancing keeps them active too.
Prekindergartners are preparing for the adventure of a lifetime – school. And our Early Foundations Prekindergarten® program is designed to get them ready by teaching letters and words, math concepts, and valuable social skills. With small group instruction, independent play in an organized atmosphere, and whole-group activities, children will have all the right skills to hop, skip, and jump right into kindergarten.
Even after school's out for the day, children need to be engaged in a comfortable, yet stimulating environment. That's where our Catch the Wave® program comes in. This innovative before – and after-school program allows school-age children to balance learning and fun through a variety of experiences. From homework help to fun physical activities, our program is designed so that everyone goes home happy.
KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.
The Cooking Adventures program gives children opportunities to participate in fun, developmentally appropriate cooking experiences. They will learn about recipes, ingredients, cooking vocabulary, and the importance of a healthy diet. The curriculum includes lessons on picnics, pizza, and heart-healthy meals.
The Math Adventures enrichment program is designed to teach important mathematics concepts such as geometry, numbers, measurement, and probability. Your child will learn about length, height, and weight. He will learn about shapes and solids. He will learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and count money. Math is everywhere and giving your child every advantage now will add up to success later in life.
Set your child up for advanced success with literacy through phonics, the study of letters and sounds. Reader books, games, and activity cards help your child understand the basics of vowels and blending syllables, giving him confidence and command of language.
Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Light and Dark, plus the Sky and Weather
Through shadow play, experiments with flashlights, observing the Sun and more, infants and toddlers will enjoy learning about light and dark this month. Infants continue sensory development by looking at contrasting patterns and at objects that are clearly defined by sharp edges and bright colors, while toddlers will build on their understanding of the light and dark concepts with play around daytime and nighttime. The older Discovery Preschool children will turn their attention to the sky as they learn about weather, the Moon, the Sun, and stars.
Children 4–5 years old: Transportation, Healthy Bodies, and Winter
For children in the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, January is filled with variety! They’ll begin by learning about transportation and studying how things get from “here” to “there.” A few weeks later, the focus will shift to health and bodies, with an emphasis placed on how to make good choices for a growing body. Towards the end of the month, children will be introduced to the transformative nature of the winter season and learn how to dress and take care of themselves when it’s cold outside.
What I love most about working in Early Childhood Education is to see the expression on the children's face as they accomplish something new for the first time, sharing meaningful moments with the families and knowing that we are building a strong foundation for their future education.
Julie has been the Center Director since 2006. She finished her Administration credential through the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee in 2009. She is inspired most by coming to work each day and building strong relationships with our staff, families and children.
Tammy has been the Assistant Director since 2010. She finished her Bachelor's Degree in Early Education Administration from Ashford University in 2013. What Tammy loves most about working in this field is how she can make a difference for families and their children by providing resources that can build a strong base for their future endeavors. What inspires her to come to KinderCare each day is the wonderful staff, families and children.
Ms. Angela's philosophy for learning is that each child is unique, and each child learns in a different way. She believes that one of her jobs as a provider is to help your child discover his or her individuality and work alongside them to maximize it. She chose this career so that she can make a difference in a child's life and because this is what she has always loved to do. She enjoys spending time reading, vacationing with her family, and gardening. Her family consists of her husband of seven years, Mzee, and their three children, DeVontae who 16, Sasha who is 11, and Amani who is six.
What inspires me to come to work every day is listening to the happy sounds in my classroom.
Ms. Danielle has been working for KinderCare for thirteen wonderful years and is currently working in the Toddler room. She received her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education in 2011. Her favorite activity to do with the children in the classroom is art. Ms. Danielle has a wonderful husband and two loving children; Jacob and Athena.
I love nurturing and helping the children in my classroom grow. I also enjoy making special bonds with the children and their families to create the best possible transition between home and school.
Ms. Ashley has always enjoyed being a role model for young children. She began babysitting early in her teen years. While in college, she was a nanny for twins, then began working at a private daycare for two years before joining the KinderCare team in September of 2014. She has an Associate's Degree in Elementary Education from University of Wisconsin-Rock County as well as an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Blackhawk Technical College. In her free time, she enjoys boating, shopping and spending time with her family.
I love watching the children learn and grow from the experiences they have at KinderCare every day.
Ms. Laura was born and raised in Janesville, Wisconsin. She attended Craig High School. After high school she attended MATC in Madison, Wisconsin for two years. Ms. Laura has been married for three years and has a 21-month-old son. She has been with KinderCare Old Sauk for five years and just recently moved to Janesville to be closer to her family. Ms. Laura is looking forward to all the new friendships she will be making here at the Janesville KinderCare!
My name is Miss. Megan Reuter. I have been working for KinderCare since September of 2014. I have received my Early Education associates degree from Blackhawk Technical College. In addition I have experience working in special education.
Early Childhood Education is such an important part of every child's life. I love being able to watch the children master different developmental milestones. I am also so fortunate to work with such wonderful, supportive staff. They, along with my lovely children, are the reason I look forward to coming to work each day.
Ms. Miki has been with KinderCare for seventeen years; two in Arizona and fifteen years here, in Janesville. She received her Early Childhood Education degree in Tokyo, Japan, where she was born. There, she taught the children for four years. Ms. Miki met and married her husband in Japan and moved to the United States. She is very passionate about seeing the progress and growth of children.
A teacher takes a hand opens a mind and touches a heart.
Ms. Keesha has been working at KinderCare for 1 ½ years. Her passion has always been to educate children. She is currently finishing her Associates Degree in Early childhood education through Rasmussen College. After obtaining her Associates, she will be working towards her Bachelor’s Degree.
I love the children's smiling faces and the unconditional love they give you.
Ms. Rachel has been working in childcare for eight-and-a-half years. She received a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education in 2011 from Kendall College. When she thinks about her future, all Ms. Rachel can see is herself teaching children. It's all she has ever wanted to do. When Ms. Rachel is not working with kids, she likes to go shopping and do just about anything that is active. She enjoys walking her dogs and scrap-booking.
I believe that KinderCare's approach to work acts in the best interest of the children and the school, promoting good teaching practices that impact positively on children's learning.
Ms. Latrice has been working at KinderCare since February of 2014. She has an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education and is currently attending Ashford University for her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education Administration. Ms. Latrice has experience in the Infant, Toddler and Preschool classrooms. It has been a very exciting experience for Ms. Latrice working with children, as well as our wonderful staff.
There's never a dull moment.
Ms. Sarah has been with KinderCare for sixteen years and she is proud to say that she is a lifer here. She is very grateful that KinderCare supports and encourages her with all of her goals. Ms. Sarah has experience working with Infants, Toddlers, Preschool, Prekindergarten, Health and Safety, Assistant Director and Coordinator positions. Teaching is her niche and Ms. Sarah absolutely loves it. She loves teaching children new ideas and helping them accomplish their goals. She enjoys being a huge part of any child's life. They have have such a blast every day.
Shoot for the moon and even if you miss you'll land among the stars." - Les Brown
Ms. Nicole has worked for Knowledge Learning Corporation for seven years and has eleven years of experience in Early Childhood Education. She graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2007. She enjoys reading, shopping and spending time with her five-year-old daughter and her husband. At KinderCare Ms. Nicole teaches the four-year-old Kindergarten program during the school year and then teach the School Ag program during the summer. She enjoys everything that she does and finds it especially gratifying knowing that she helps build the foundation to many children's education.
My favorite part about working at KinderCare is being able to celebrate a child's accomplishments and sharing the progress with their parents.
Ms. Ashley spent several years assisting in dance classes for children under the age of five. That's when she decided that Kindergarten or preschool was what she really wanted to teach. She then spent a semester in Ms. Nicole's P4J classroom as a student teacher in order to obtain an Associate's Degree. She loved being at KinderCare and jumped at the opportunity to work here. Ms. Ashley loves coming into the classroom every day to the children's excited squeals and occasional hugs. Her favorite part of working in the Toddler classroom is when they surprise her with their new skills.
Ms. Sam was born and raised in Janesville, WI. She spent the last two summers working as a camp counselor for the City of Janesville. This summer she decided she wanted to gain more experience working in a classroom setting so she chose to work at KinderCare. Sam is currently in the process of obtaining her Master's degree in counseling from the University of Whitewater. Sam believes in each child and loves to help them learn and grow.
Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Family, Friends, and Things that Go!
Infants and toddlers will be exploring family and friends, while three-year-olds will focus on things that go vroom! Social and emotional development is foundational to growth and development in babies, so this month, infants and toddlers will participate in activities that reinforce their connection to family while also exploring connections that exist outside their home, such as friends. Meanwhile, their older friends in Discovery Preschool will learn about and play around with things that move (like bicycles, cars, buses, trains, and airplanes), which are all very exciting for little ones as they continue to explore the world outside their homes.
Children 4–5 years old: My Country + Tools and Machines
The four- and five-year-olds continue exploring the world around them by learning about the state and country they live in! They’ll sings songs, play games based on travel, and learn about flags, state foods, and more. Children will also be introduced to cardinal directions (east, west, north, and south) and gain an appreciation for travel and meeting new friends from different places.
Children are naturally fascinated with machines and how things work and are put together. So to encourage that fascination, during the second half of this month children will learn about and play around with tools and machines. In addition to building literacy skills by using the names of machines and tools, children will develop math skills by graphing information, counting wheels, and more.
Our staff would like to welcome you to visit our center. The staff takes pride in keeping up to date with the latest trends in Early Childhood Education. Ongoing training is offered to the staff during the year at the center and through the various training opportunities in the community.
We observe the following holidays:
Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.
In addition to your child’s learning experience here at KinderCare, we also provide a safe and clean environment for your child. Our teachers follow a regiment of daily cleaning with the use of Lysol products. We follow our state health and safety policies and use universal precautions.
Our staff would like to welcome you to visit our center. The staff takes pride in keeping up to date with the latest trends in Early Childhood Education. Ongoing training is offered to the staff during the year at the center and though the various training opportunities in the community.
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